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In 3 years, 64 Rajdhanis and Shatabdis to cut travel time by 90 mins

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Aug 04, 2019, 10.47 AM IST
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  • The railways have prepared a plan to attach two locomotives at both ends of all the 64 Rajdhani and Shatabdi trains in the next three years
  • It has also drawn a blueprint to add three more coaches in each of the trains that operate in the Mumbai suburb by 2024
(This story originally appeared in on Aug 04, 2019)
NEW DELHI: The railways have prepared a plan to attach two locomotives at both ends of all the 64 Rajdhani and Shatabdi trains in the next three years, which will help reduce the travel time up to 90 minutes. It has also drawn a blueprint to add three more coaches in each of the trains that operate in the Mumbai suburb by 2024 and roll out 100 Vande Bharat Express during this period.

Sources said the aim behind attaching two locomotives in superior trains, which is known as ‘push-pull traction’ technology, will be to increase the speed of these trains. Early this year, railway minister Piyush Goyal had flagged off the first such train —CSMT-Hazarat Nizamuddin Rajdhani —which runs on the push-pull technology.

While many see this focus of railways as an alternate to the faster roll out of Vande Bharat Express trains, railway officials said that the plan to run 100 Vande Bharat Express by 2024 remains a priority of the Narendra Modi government.

Even as the manufacturing of Vande Bharat had come to a halt, officials claimed the uncertainty will be over and new tenders will be issued soon for 40 such trains. The railways have set a target to increase the average speed of freight trains from the current 24 kmph to at least 45 kmph and also to increase the speed of passenger trains from 60 kmph to 80 kmph.

“These will be possible as we have undertaken track renewal work in a big way and by segregating the trains carrying passenger and goods. Completion of dedicated freight corridors and doubling and tripling of existing corridors will improve the traffic flow,” said an official.

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